'AS I LIKE IT'
ON 10 February 1922, Dr. Will Howe, of the firm of Charles Scribner's Sons in New York, came to New Haven, with the suggestion that I write a monthly article on books for Scribner's Magazine. I promised to consider this, and a few days later, meeting by appointment Mr. Charles Scribner and Mr. Howe at lunch at New York, I consented. 'I made only two conditions. I was to write anything I pleased, and nothing I wrote should be altered or 'edited' in the office of the magazine. Although the magazine was financed by the publishing firm of Scribners, I was not to consider that, but was to treat their books with no more consideration than those from other publishers. These two conditions were immediately accepted. I was asked to suggest a title for my articles, and I chose As I Like It.
Some years later on a school examination in New York, in reply to a question 'Who wrote As You Like It?' the candidate replied, William Lyon Phelps. I wish I had.
My articles began in the number of the magazine for September 1922, and appeared regularly in every monthly number, until September 1936, when the management and policy of the magazine were changed.
In my farewell in the number for September 1936, I said:
From September, 1922 to September, 1936, inclusive, I have never once been asked to review any book published by Scribners, nor has any written opinion of mine on any subject been altered in the office of the magazine. I suggested the title AS I LIKE IT, and it has been